Baby Care Tips

BABY CARE TIP 1# After every feed, pat the baby over the back while holding the baby over the chest to burp, not one but atleast 2-3 burps to avoid regurgitation of milkBurping

Sit upright and hold your baby against your chest. Your baby’s chin should rest on your shoulder as you support the baby with one hand and lightly pat on the baby’s back.


BABY CARE TIP 2# Iron syrup stains the teeth, hence feed the syrup just before starting a meal, so that there isn’t any syrup residue left over the teeth.


BABY CARE TIP 3# Prefer Jaggery over Sugar.

  • Jaggery is far more complex than sugar, as it is made up of longer chains of sucrose. Hence, it is digested slower than sugar and releases energy slowly and not instantaneously. This provides energy for a longer time and is not harmful for the body.
  • Jaggery also gathers a considerable amount of ferrous salts (iron) during its preparation, as it is prepared in iron vessels

BABY CARE TIP 4# Revised IAP recommendation for Hepatitis B vaccine

The newer 2014 IAP immunization state that “The final (third or fourth) dose in the Hepatitis B vaccine series should be administered no earlier than age 24 weeks (6 months) and at least 16 weeks after the first dose”, hence please do prefer a combined DPT vaccine without Hep B (like pentaxim) rather than with Hep B like (pentavac), which will make it easier to give Hepatitis B vaccine seperately.


BABY CARE TIP 5# Why I dont advise on using “Toddler Crawl Mat Playing Carpet”

A foam mat is made up of Formamide which is classified as a reprotoxic substance (reproductive toxicity includes adverse effects on sexual function and fertility in adult males and females, as well as developmental toxicity in the offspring) and is used primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and polymer industries as a solvent, plasticiser or as an additive to foam blowing agents. In my experience or what many parents have told me, crawling mats are easier to tear even by a toddler and hence are more prone or open for the child to ingest tiny bits of the foam. If you do have to use mats (sometimes its a necessity if you are handling twins alone) then I suggest use of EVA interlocking foam mats after proper care.  For further details regarding various safer options of play areas please do read my article “How to arrange a safe age appropriate play area and nursery”

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5 thoughts on “Baby Care Tips

  1. Hi Gauri madam,

    Nice blog and vey informative blog for all the parents. My son now six weeks baby. 1st vaccine after birth we have taken at same hospital, where my son born. Its a small private hospital but Ped Dr is Md ped. Now my concern is my parent are saying to go for vaccine at govt hopital, for 6 weeks vacancies like Dpt etc, I dont know whether they will use proper vacancies or not and they will maintain the records of vaccine details, what has to give at what stage.

    Please assist me,
    Thank you.

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    • The vaccines used in government hospitals are very affordable and also maintaining records is mandatory which will be provided to you. DPT vaccines used are mostly the painful variety, hence the baby will require more attention after vaccine. Overall no harm in opting for these vaccines.

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  2. Hi Gauri madam,

    Nice blog and vey informative blog for all the parents. My son now six weeks baby. 1st vaccine after birth we have taken at same hospital, where my son born. Its a small private hospital but Ped Dr is Md ped. Now my concern is my parent are saying to go for vaccine at govt hopital, for 6 weeks vacancies like Dpt etc, I dont whether they will use proper vacancies or not and they will maintain the records of vaccine details, what has to give at what stage.

    Please assist me,
    Thank you.

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  3. Hi Gauri, Found your blog while searching for some information on raising twin babies. I am due on October second week. Can you share your experience on how did you manage to raise two kids together . Also, I am planning to join back work after my maternity leave. Can you please provide me some tips on how to manage twins and work ?

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    • Hi Akshata,

      Congratulations!!! Most of the posts here on my blog are based on the daily experiences I have with my twins. As you can see on the home page on the right hand side there is a category section where you can find whatever information you want. Do check it out. It is a bit difficult to start joining back after a maternity leave in case of twins. It is much easier in case of a single baby. I suggest you talk to you family regarding the care of your babies in your absence. I did join back when my kids were 1 year and 8 months since I live in a nuclear family.

      Regards,
      Gauri

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